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July 31, 2006 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Derwent World Patents Index Enhanced on Dialog

Thomson Scientific ( announced that Dialog has released the enhanced version of Derwent World Patents Index—DWPI (Files 350, 351, 352). Enhancements include new content, improved indexing, and better display options. The improved DWPI database also accommodates the requirements of the International Patent Classification (IPC) version 8, which entered into force Jan. 1, 2006. A comprehensive list of enhancements, including a sample record, is available at

The content added to DWPI includes the following:

  • New, original patent data, including the original patent titles and abstracts; original patent titles are available in multiple languages
  • Extra bibliographic data, such as full inventor names and associated addresses, patent assignee addresses, and patent agent information
  • 750,000 documentation abstracts in text-searchable format available for the first time; original abstracts are available in multiple languages
  • Multiple drawing and chemical structure images display, in addition to a representative drawing, in-line with the relevant text
Source: Thomson Scientific

Socialtext Releases Open Source Wiki

Socialtext ( has released Socialtext Open for immediate download. The company said that Socialtext Open is the first open source wiki with a commercial venture as its primary contributor. It has all of Socialtext's enterprise grade code aside from its enterprise management and enterprise integration tools. Socialtext also announced the availability of its Technical Professional Service, a new Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Application Programming Interface (API) that enables developers to integrate and extend Socialtext Open, and the Socialtext Open Roadmap for the next 3 months.

Socialtext's road map includes a source code repository, Debian, Red Hat, SOAP and REST APIs, usability enhancements, and additional DBMS management beyond Postgres, starting with MySQL. The release at the end of this period, code-named Palladium, will mark the open availability of the first enterprise-grade, corporate-backed wiki to enthusiasts and commercial users alike. The Public Roadmap is available at

Socialtext's first commercial open source offering was Wikiwyg, an AJAX-based WYSIWYG editor. Last month, Socialtext announced a partnership with Dan Bricklin to distribute and co-develop wikiCalc, the wiki spreadsheet, under an open source license. The company's other products include Socialtext Personal (free for up to five users and Open Source efforts hosted service), Socialtext Professional (hosted service subscription), and Socialtext Enterprise.

Source: Socialtext

LexisNexis Expands EDGAR Online Content

LexisNexis U.S. ( and EDGAR Online, Inc. ( announced an expanded alliance. LexisNexis customers will now have access to all EDGAR form types, including Investment Company Act filings and insider trading forms. LexisNexis customers will also benefit from improved functionality, including intra-document linking and cross-linking to find related documents; alternative formatting options for downloading tables; and more timely information. These features and additional forms will also be available to LexisNexis Academic subscribers once the new Academic service, which is mirroring the new Nexis service, is launched in 2007.

LexisNexis said the expanded alliance was made to meet customer demand. Comprehensive access to SEC filings, combined with access to other business information, is designed to help LexisNexis customers make more informed business decisions.

Source: LexisNexis

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